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Mistakes to avoid when filing a workers’ compensation claim

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Several factors can contribute to injuries on the job, and the common one is employer negligence. Workers in companies with poor equipment, lack of safety measures and poor scheduling are highly susceptible to work-related injuries.

Georgia code Title 34, Chapter 9 provides adequate information for workers who have suffered injuries or contracted diseases at work. It is vital to understand how this insurance works when filing a claim to receive fair compensation.

Here are three mistakes to avoid.

Not reporting on time

Your employer should have a notice of your injury. If they are not aware of it, they will not forward the claim to the insurer. As a result, you won’t receive benefits. It will be best to report in writing. You should not wait more than 30 days to report.

Agreeing not to file a claim

Your employer may ask you to sign an agreement to forego filing a claim. They may inform you that they will still cover your medical and personal needs. Regardless of the deal, you should avoid signing any documents. They do this to reduce their payouts. Thus, consider your options to make the right moves.

Believing your injury is not covered

Workers’ compensation covers many injuries and illnesses. Therefore, do not disregard your injury without enough information. The injury you downplay may lead to significant effects over time, affecting your ability to work.

Further, some employees won’t report an injury if they can’t pinpoint the exact work activity that led to it. If your job involves an element(s) that could have caused the injury, the chances are it did. Thus, you should report the injury.

Filing a workers’ compensation claim doesn’t have to be challenging. You should be informed to have a successful claim and get the benefits to which you are entitled.